Rich’s New Plant-Based Pizza Crusts Deliver On Taste And Practicality

Rich’s New Plant-Based Pizza Crusts Deliver On Taste And Practicality

With the launch of Rich Product Corporation’s Plant-Based Pizza Crusts, millions of moms will have to come up with a new catchphrase, since “eat your vegetables” will no longer be needed. Broccoli and cauliflower are the main ingredients in these gluten-free crusts, which boast a powerhouse of benefits including long-shelf lives and freezer-to-oven application, all while delivering superior flavor and texture.

According to PMQ Pizza Magazine, pizza sales reached $45.1 billion last year, and Rich’s Plant- Based Pizza Crusts, which come in Broccoli Cheddar and Seasoned Cauliflower varieties, tie into the growing trend of consumers demanding more plant-forward options when dining out. With vegetables consisting of more than 20 percent of the ingredients, Rich’s Plant-Based Pizza Crusts offer the taste and crunch customers expect when ordering a thin crust pizza, but with the added benefits of vegetables playing a starring role.

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Papa John's Founder Resigns After Using Racial Slur, Gains $50 Million

Papa John's Founder Resigns After Using Racial Slur, Gains $50 Million

Papa John’s pizza continues to flounder after it was reported that the company’s Founder and Chairman John Schnatter had used the N-word in a conference call aimed at preparing Schnatter to take on a more public view. According to Forbes, the company was planning to re-introduce Schnatter as a large part of the Papa John’s marketing campaign after he had stepped back because of his controversial NFL comments. Schnatter stepped down as CEO late last year in response to backlash caused by his remarks blaming the NFL protests for a slow in Papa Johns’ business.

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Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle Stepping Down

Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle Stepping Down

After eight years leading the largest U.S pizza chain, Domino’s Pizza CEO Patrick Doyle has announced he will be stepping down on June 30th. Doyle is widely regarded as the leader of a groundbreaking turnaround at Domino’s, as supported by chairman of the board David Brandon.

“Patrick excelled at every role he served at Domino's for more than 20 years, and during the past eight he distinguished himself as one of the best leaders in the restaurant industry,” Brandon said in a statement.

Under Doyle’s leadership, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s opened more than 5,500 stores and launched in more than a dozen new countries.

Domino’s reworked their pizza recipe in 2009 when Doyle was president of the chain, a move that marks the beginning of Domino's rise to the top. Since becoming CEO he has overseen many exciting campaigns such as the world’s first drone pizza delivery and allowing customers to order with a pizza emoji.

When taking on the CEO position in 2010, Doyle had set three goals for himself.

“I wanted us to become the No. 1 pizza company in the world; I wanted Domino’s to provide our franchisees with the best possible return on their investment by creating a dramatically better experience for our customers; and I wanted to have a leadership team in place that would be ready to create even better results into the future. I’m proud to say that we’ve accomplished all of those goals, and I will leave Domino’s knowing that it is in great hands,” said Doyle in a statement.

According to Reuters, shares in Domino’s fell 2.8 percent to $201 in aftermarket trading, following news of Doyle’s pending departure.

Doyle has dismissed rumors that he might move to Chipotle after founder Steve Ells stepped down into the executive chairman role in November and, instead, has shared plans to take a 6-month break to consider his future plans. Richard Allison, president of Domino’s International, will take over as CEO.

Read more about Domino’s new leadership team on “Nation’s Restaurant News.”

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Will Pizza Survive The Delivery Boom?

Will they? In short, yes.  Pizza is not going anywhere.  It is still one of America's favorite foods for get-togethers, events, movie night, or cheap food on the fly.  But, like many other sectors in the foodservice arena, we see a shift.  Foodable Labs tracks over six million influencers and over 100 pizza chains.  Our data shows that pizza delivery over the last year is down, 12.8 percent to be exact, among 18 to 34-year-olds.  What is causing the slip?  Watch the video for more! 


&pizza Takes a Slice of the Big Apple With $25 Million Investment

Happy National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day. // It's a real thing.

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Looks like one fast-casual pizza chain is now rolling in dough. &pizza — a trendy, quirky brand known for the personality it packs and for the gourmet handcrafted pizza pies that come with it — landed a $25 million investment deal with private investment firm AVALT. AVALT has invested in foodservice giants such as Dunkin' Donuts, Domino's Pizza, and Outback Steakhouse before, hinting at the potential they see in this up-and-coming pizza star. 

And with big promise, where else to go but the Big Apple? Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and making its home in the surrounding area with 18 locations, &pizza is expanding into New York City. A brave move, considering New York and the diehard pizza fans who reside there appreciate the area's particular style of thin-crust, wide slices.

According to Bizjournals, this investment is building on another $1.9 million investment the restaurant secured in 2014 and with the $10 million it raised in 2015. Along with joining in the New York competition, CEO Michael Lastoria anticipates further developing the company in D.C., North Virginia, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, the last two being the most recent markets it entered this year. &pizza will end 2016 with 21 locations and expects to open the first New York store in Midtown Manhattan toward the middle of next year. In total, between eight and 12 &pizza doors will open in 2017.

"We're not competing to put as many stakes in the ground as possible," Lastoria said. "We want to be as thoughtful as we can about smart growth."

No better day for National Iced Tea Day.

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Will this brand succeed? It wouldn't be surprising. If the millennial generation could be put into a pie, it might look like &pizza. Not only does the restaurant chain localize each store design and dedicate itself to the communities it serves by using local ingredients (not to mention the fact they use organic dough and have gluten-free dough available), its fun, inventive flavor combinations (such as the "Elvis," which features banana, bacon, chocolate-hazelnut peanut butter, and grape jam) and company culture are also high selling points.

Its team of more than 300 employees are referred to as members of their "tribe" and Lastoria has been an enthusiastic supporter of the $15 an hour minimum wage increase to support the living costs of his staff. Millennials are nothing if not attracted to the unique and socially-conscious. &pizza nails this to a T, especially with its &CHARITY philanthropy and various beverage options, whether it is craft soda or from their &WINE or &TEA lines.

"We wanted to create a brand built with purpose on the shoulders of our tribe and providing starting wage significantly above the minimum,” he said.

Where will this self-proclaimed "anti-establishment establishment" go from here? New York will find out and it'll be exciting toss up to see how it will break barriers.